Although there are plenty of quality parties to choose from around the globe this weekend (check our events section for the full listings), the key highlights for electronic music fans are going down in Barcelona, where Sonar Festival is now in full swing. With countless label showcases, club nights, and open air parties taking place throughout the city until Sunday, lovers of house, disco, techno, minimal, ambient, and everything in between are sure to find something to their liking. We suggest kicking off the weekend with Melisma and Cure Music’s showcase event, which is set to go down at Club Belafonte. The party, which is produced in collaboration with XLR8R, will feature a range of top-notch minimal-leaning selectors including Afriqua, Topper, and Felipe Valenzuela. Tickets are almost sold out for the event; get your last minute presales via XLR8R by going here.
Later on that night, make sure to pass by the Yoyaku showcase at the Barcelona club RED58. The Paris-based record label, booking agency, vinyl outlet, and production studio continues to impress this year, and their Sonar showcase event is set to feature a range of artists that will undoubtedly display the musical excellence with which the Yoyaku brand has become synonymous. On the lineup is rising Berlin-based producer and Partisan contributor Oshana, the melodic-minimal master Janeret, Varhat, and one of XLR8R’s favorite duos Zendid. More information and tickets can be found here.
And on Saturday night, don’t miss the highlight of FACT’s OFF Week events this year: the Figure showcase. On the bill are a slew of heavyweight but always quality artists, lead by Bulgarian live virtuoso KiNK and Detroit export DVS1. Matrixxman, Berghain resident Len Faki, and Gettraum boss Traumer are also on the bill, among others. Warm up for the party by listening to this recent mix from Traumer, recorded exclusively for XLR8R. View the rest of FACT's OFF Week offerings by going here, with tickets available for purchase here.